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Chatfield renews electric franchise


Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Mayor Russ Smith presents this year’s Heritage Preservation Award to Tony and Melissa Klema for their restoration of an 1872 building (former hardware store) to its new life as “Adourn,” a furniture rehab business.

With the 20-year renewal of Chatfield’s electric franchise some changes are expected in the near future. Keith Sherman representing Alliant Energy, Brian Krambeer representing Tri-County Electric Cooperative, and Elaine Garry representing People’s Energy Cooperative addressed the city council at its May 27 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent.

Sherman explained that electric service will continue and will be similar to what has been in effect for the last 20 years as a sale takes place. He asked that the franchise be renewed so it can be part of the sale closure.

Krambeer gave an overview of the transaction. Twelve electric cooperatives across southern Minnesota own and are members of Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC). The cooperatives in an agreement with Alliant Energy will purchase distribution assets from Alliant Energy. These assets overlap with the areas of the cooperatives.

In a 10-year wholesale power agreement with SMEC, Alliant Energy will provide the power supply and transmission service and the cooperatives will distribute the power. The agreement between SMEC and Alliant Energy will not be final until it is approved by state and federal regulatory agencies.

Chatfield residents will become members of either People’s on three sides of the city or members of Tri-County on the southern portion of the city. Electric bills will be issued from the individual cooperatives to their members.

Krambeer said it will make each of their organizations stronger as they will serve more people in their areas (Tri-County will serve about 2,500 more or realize a 20 percent growth and People’s will serve about 7,000 more or realize a 50 percent growth). With growth the efficiency of each of the cooperatives will increase.

The council approved the first consideration of Ordinance 412, which renews the electric franchise for 20 years.

Heritage Preservation Award

Each year a preservation award is presented to someone who has worked to preserve the heritage of Chatfield through its historic or architecturally significant buildings. Tony and Melissa Klema were this year’s recipients of the award for their restoration of the former hardware store building which was built in 1872. The building was given new life with the establishment of “Adourn,” a furniture rehab business. They also have worked to restore a nineteen century Victo .....
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Mutton busting during Chatfield Western Days

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dean Hilsman, President of the Chatfield Lions Club, asked the city council at their May 12 meeting for permission to sponsor a Mutton Busting event on the evening of Thursday, August 7 at Mill Creek Park. The family orientated event will entertai ..... 
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Cancer benefit motorcycle ride

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, detailed plans for a 150-mile biker ride at the Chatfield City Council’s April 28 meeting. Mayor Russ Smith was absent. Hare reported that local bikers have put together plans for a cancer benefit ride on May 17. ..... 
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Chatfield Center for the Arts annual update

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

F. Mike Tuohy, representing the Chatfield Center for the Arts (CCA) volunteer committee, addressed the city council at their April 14 meeting. He started the annual report with this big question. Where are we at with the Minnesota bonding bill? The a ..... 
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Chatfield EDA and City Council hold joint meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

In order to establish tax increment financing district (TIF) No. 2-5 the two bodies met together at the city council’s March 24 meeting. A public hearing was held on the modification of the municipal development district No. 2. No. 2-5 notes the ..... 
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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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Chatfield to forgo billing for extra water and sewer costs

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield encourages residents with drinking water temperature of 40 degrees or lower to run their water continuously to prevent freezing of lateral water lines, a water main freezing, or a broken water main. Councilors approved the averaging of eac ..... 
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Chatfield plans for Family Dollar store

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the February 10 Chatfield City Council meeting a resolution was adopted allowing the Chatfield EDA to enter into a purchase agreement to sell land for the future location of a Family Dollar store. The 0.85 acres is in the Twiford Redevelopment ..... 
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Location an issue for Veterans Memorial in Chatfield

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 27 meeting of the Chatfield City Council an appropriate location for a Veterans Memorial proposed by the Chatfield American Legion Club was discussed at length. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Jerry Baudoin representing the Legi ..... 
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